LPTV applications put on ice


The city of Washington may be on ice, and now applications for digital low power TV that will eventually be headed there are on ice as well. The FCC is moving the target date for new submissions from January to July.

The windows are being opened for existing licensees of LPTV, Class A and TV translator stations. The FCC already began accepting applications on a first-come, first served basis for rural licenses back on 8/25/09.

Open season for applications without geographical restriction was to begin 1/25/10, but has been moved back to 7/26/10.

The FCC says it will give interested parties more time to prepare their applications. It also says it needs more time to process submissions from the rural window, and also needs to keep its focus on the national broadband plan.